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Trinamool condemns Arvind Kejriwal's arrest, wonders 'how we can expect fair polls?'
Kejriwal arrest
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Trinamool condemns Arvind Kejriwal's arrest, wonders 'how we can expect fair polls?'

| @indiablooms | 22 Mar 2024, 12:02 am

Kolkata/IBNS/UNI: The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday "vehemently" condemned the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and wondered how one could expect fair elections if sitting CMs and prominent opposition leaders were taken into custody weeks before the polls.

"We vehemently condemn the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal, an elected CM, especially when EC is in charge and the model code of conduct is in place," Trinamool leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O'Brien said on X.

O'Brien recalled that earlier Kejriwal's administrative powers were "snatched through an illegal ordinance."

"How can we expect fair elections in India if sitting CMs and prominent opposition leaders are arrested weeks before polls? If SC and ECI fail to act now, who will stand with people against the BJP's oppressive politics in the future?" he posted.

Just weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha election, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Thursday evening arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the alleged liquor policy scam.

Kejriwal has become the first serving Chief Minister to be arrested and is the third senior leader from the party to be arrested in connection with the Delhi liquor policy scam.

The arrest comes hours after a team from the ED questioned him at his residence under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Delhi Minister Atishi has confirmed that Kejriwal will continue to remain the chief Minister of the national capital

According to reports, the AAP will approach the Supreme Court against the arrest on Friday.

Kejriwal had already skipped nine summons issued by the ED in connection with the alleged liquor policy scam.

Former Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was arrested in connection with the case in February last year, and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh was taken into custody in October.

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